The UTM Blue Bolt weapon conversion adapts standard service weapons, including M16/M4 rifles and M249 machine guns, for use in various real-world training scenarios. By simply removing the live bolt and inserting the UTM Blue Bolt users can convert from lethal live fire to non-lethal force-on-force training in approximately 30 seconds. Unlike other products on the market, the UTM Blue Bolt offers an important fail-safe safety feature - the 3mm offset firing pin. When the weapon is converted with the UTM Blue Bolt, the safety feature prevents denotation of live ammunition, M200 blanks or any other center-fired primer ammunition.
The UTM Blue Bolt works with a man marker round (MMR) that is made of aluminum casings and non-toxic marking wax. The MMR is not harmful to the environment and results in less mess. The wax can be easily removed by washing clothing in normal laundry operations. The MMR achieves an average muzzle velocity of 375 feet per second from a standard service weapon. The new innovative ammunition, Part Number M1042 for 5.56 MMR Loose (DODIC AB09, AB10, AB11) and Part No. M1071 for 5.56 MMR Linked (DODIC AB15, AB16, AB17), maintains a shot group of four inches or less at 30 meters. With this system the low energy projectile hits the ground at 70 meters so soldiers and law enforcement officers can conduct relevant training scenarios anytime, anywhere. The U.S. Army has adopted a 75m surface danger zone (SDZ) for training when using the UTM MMR ammunition. This allows units to train in any location using a temporary 75m SDZ.
The conversions are marked with a blue stamp recessed panel making them easily identifiable by both instructor and trainee. The blue recessed panel signifies that the soldiers have a training conversion in their weapon. Once converted the dust cover on the M4/ M16 will not close, further enhancing the safety of the product.